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earthquake that devastated the bay area. japan is still feeling the aftershocks tonight and all this means something to each and every one of you watching because we all live in earthquake country. the devastation in japan lets know how vulnerable we >> reporter: for many of us, take a look at this videotape where you can see the four faults that seismologists know of here in the bay area. they are the san andreas, hayward, rogers creek fault. they're located in urban areas. experts believe the rogers creek fault located in the santa rose area will be the next one to cause a major earthquake because a lot of tension is built up underground. there's a major difference between the japan earthquake and the loma prieta, the one we experienced back in 1989. >> in the loma prieta, we were very close santa cruz, san jose and we then saw lots of shaking in the san francisco peninsula. the devastation in san francisco was very localized due to particular types of ground motion that caused strong shaking. >> reporter: the map you see here shows where the quake struck in japan and how far it struck b
of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they likely wouldn't be used to put out fires at the plants, but might play a role in dealing with the radiation. they promise more information tomorrow. >> thank you, gavin. let's check in now with jeff ranieri checking the weather patterns and what that impact may be with us, especially now that we're talking so much about radiation concerns. >> as that radiation continues to get emitted into the atmosphere, we see weather systems over japan keeping this suppressed to the surface, as we head toward the next 48 hours, we're going to see a shift in the atmosphere that's going to allow some of the radiation to go into the higher levels, something to keep in mind here in california, that radiation will weaken quite a bit over a 59
of drinking water. on the economic front, japan's stock market plunged again today. >> reporter: it's considered the worst disaster in japan since world war ii and will also be the most documented. this home video continues to come into the newsroom on a daily basis. this is one of the hardest-hit areas. this fishing port was virtually wiped off the map. the pictures are so alarming. reports that as many as 10,000 people are missing from this town alone. >> we have live team coverage. george is live in tokyo. we'll go to him in a moment. obviously they are following developments there closely and there is much anxiousness. >> we've been talking the last few days about three japan towns. here in san francisco and san jose. live in san jose, there are different generations with how they are coping now with the disaster. chris? >> reporter: well, this is a very interesting place here. san jose's japan town. we have seen generations of people, people who were born in japan and have been here for many, many years. also, children who are four or five generations removed but all trying to
>>> right notice at 5:00, the exact number of dead in japan is still unknown, but the expected death toll rose sharply today. that as power plant crews continue to check people for radiation poisoning, and hundreds of thousands of people are spending a second night in evacuation shelters. we'll have the very latest from japan straight ahead, including an update from our very own george who was there tonight. >>> friends and family of a san jose english teacher missing in japan are struggling to try to re-establish contact with her. we'll have a live report on that coming up. >>> and bar crews are gearing up for a very long night of emergency work after a tank car train came off the tracks. we'll have the very latest and what it might mean for your morning commute. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight we have an extended hour-long 5:00 newscast and we begin with the very latest developments in japan where it is 9:00 a.m. on monday. japan officials today acknowledged it is likely up to 10,000 people died in the earthquake and tsunami. that
by spiking radiation levels. japan doubled the number of workers heading into the plant to assess the situation. all this time, the japanese had been telling people to stay 12 miles away, but that may not be far enough. >> american citizens in japan evacuate, those american citizens within a 50-mile radius of the reactors evacuate from that area. this is the same advice that the nrc would give if this incident were taking place in thenit uni states. >> how u.s. military pilots are not being allowed within that radius of the plant except for the ones who are going to assist in some relief missions. they are getting those iodine tablets. as the white house delivers the urgent message to get away, france and australia are telling their folks to get out of japan all together. steven chu told congress he can't say whether japan is responding appropriately because even he is hearing conflicting reports. the head of the nuclear regul regulatory commission -- nbc bay area news. >> thank you very much. >>> a bay area woman knows firsthand what it's like to survive a nuclear disaster. jodi
after the whole disaster in japan and the whole tsunami warning and now there is a tornado warning. >> reporter: most people we talk with said high winds shook their homes. they also reported seeing hail. the tornado warning was lifted about a half-hour after it was issued. the san mateo county sheriff's office said they received no reports of damage or injuries. i did talk to one woman who was flying into sfo right around the same time of the tornado warning, and she said she had a very, very bumpy ride. reporting live in bell monday. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. when's ahead for this weekend? we'll check in with jeff ranieri in moments. >>> another major development in japan today. >> japanese leaders raised the crisis level to a level 5. that's on par with the 1979 three mile island core meltdown that happened in pennsylvania in the united states. japan's prime minister now, naoto kan urged citizens to unite against the country's worst crisis. he did that today in a televised address to the nation. this after the crisis level was raised to five on the international scale of
to seal themselves inside as japan's leaders continue to ask everyone to remain calm. >> we have live team coverage tonight from the bay area to japan. we'll look at the radiation fears, but let's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't k
. with you when it's time to save. ♪ fears of a nuclear meltdown in japan tonight after an explosion at a reactor. tens of thousands of people have been evacuated. >>> the nuclear situation in japan is raising concerns here in california about the safety of two power plants. we'll have details on that coming up. >>> santa cruz is trying to recover from yesterday's tsunami. dozens of people who live on the water are homeless tonight. >>> plus, a look at the damage on the big island of hawaii. several popular resorts are shut down tonight. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. tonight the biggest concern in japan is potential fallout from a nuclear explosion today. two reactors are damaged and 140,000 people are being evacuated following an explosion and fire at one reactor earlier today. all residents there are now undergoing radiation testing. and tonight at least nine people have been exposed to radiation. also tonight, tens of thousands of people are still missing. and whole towns were wiped off the map. right now, officials say 1,400 people are conf
relief efforts in japan right now. even though a lot is off the regular news, people are suffering. children are suffering. and we just want to help us as quickly as we can. >> you said now, it's now weeks after and some of the initial shock is gone, but from being in contact with people, it's now this post stress of how do i live my life. how do i get through another day? >> i think the realization of losing everything has finally set in after the initial shock of dealing with traumatic devastation. a lot of post-traumatic stress disorderer. a lot of mental health counseling issues with children that lost their parents. the need is tremendous and will continue to go on. >> thank you so much. just a few bucks makes a big difference. look for the folks in the red shirts and if not, go to jcccnc. jcccnc.org. our weather maps for tonight, what you're going to find is a much different pattern here throughout the next couple of days. over a million dollars has been raised. >> thanks to nbc, we raised $417,000 right after the earthquake and now, we're over $1 million. >> that's fantastic
from japan. >>> and then from libya, the second day of allied forces air attacks. news 5 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm march tayez in for diane dwyer. we begin with wind and rain causing problems all across the bay area. thousands of people are without power and people are warned about flooded areas. a six-foot-thick tree landed on a car traveling in the slow lane on 101. this happened at st. john's ramp early this morning. rain brought down trees in the east bay, too. in walnut creek, the rain-soaked ground gave way, toppling an oak onto a home. even more discouraging, the rain is not expected to let up any time soon. meteorologist nick o'kelly is here now with the details. nick? >> it is going to be an interesting week ahead. we are getting a little break in the action this afternoon and evening, but enjoy what dry weather we get here in the next 24 hours because it is an active pattern. we check on winds first. winds were really gusty last night, blowing to 18 miles an hour, even stronger winds in the santa cruz mountains. rain was anywhere between one and two inches. rig
. >>> a major international military intervention is under way in libya tonight. >>> and japan deals with the new challenges connected to the crippled nuclear power plant. the news at 5:00 starts now. >>> good evening. i'm marla tellez in for diane dwyer. >>> we begin tonight with the toxic leak in san jose. they've called a shelter in place order in one neighborhood after hundreds of gallons of amoney a spilled at a water treatment plant. it happened on graystone lane near camden avenue. kimberly tere is there with the very latest. >> reporter: marla, san jose police had to go door to door north and northwest of here to let residents know of that shelter in place order, which as you mentioned has since been lifted. it was an ammonia leak earlier today that prompted the order in the first place. and also a quick response from san jose fire just after 11:00 this morning. fire officials say the leak inside the treatment plant is now well under control. 250 gallons of liquid amoney yo, though, leaked out of its tank into a secondary tank today, where it has been contained. according to
issue popping up in japan. their nuclear experts are struggling with how to dispose of all the radio active water they're using. highly toxic plutonium is the latest contaminant found. officials say the amounts are not a risk to humans, but it -- leaking from the damaged rods. one cabinet minister calls the situation quote, very grave. >>> now to a story you'll only see here on nbc bay area news. more than three decades ago, a bay area nuclear scientist was so alarmed by the design of a nuclear reactor, he quit in public protest. he was convinced the mark one reactor, the same used in japan, had design flaws that could lead to a devastating accident and put lives at risk. mary ann favro has more. >> he was asked to assess how well the reactor would hold up in a major disaster such as a quake. he says his testing revealed the reactors might fail. >> i resigned from ge on february 2, 1976. >> 35 years ago, he wrote this resignation letter to his employer, the ge department in san jose. he quit because he was concerned about the design of a mark one nuclear reactor, the same used at the
there for a live report. >>> tonight there is more talk of evacuations in japan. nuclear fears continue to grow. two weeks after the tsunami hit that country. the breach is now suspected at least in one of the fukushima reactors. radiation levels in water there sfikd 10,000 times of what is normal. three workers were taken out of camp behind the tarp. after their feet were contaminated. they've been taken to a nearby hospital. people living within 18 miles are now being urged to consider evacuating. today death toll from the disaster officially passed the 10,000 mark. thousands of people though are still missing. at the same time, hundreds of families are arriving in the u.s. after being caught in the middle of that disaster. tonight many of the families are back in the bay area, thanks to the help of the travis air force base. jody hernandez was on the base when the evacuees arrived. >> reporter: travis air force base rolled out the welcoming mat to dozens of military families who had been living in japan. all of them are very happy to finally be back on stable ground. >> welcome to california
trip. >>> let's turn now to your disaster in japan. officials still racing to restore electricity to the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant, but now they're facing more unforeseen obstacles, including a cloud of smoke that forced workers to evacuate again today. now, when power is finally restored, officials say the cooling system should bring temperatures back to a safe level within those reactors within a day. meanwhile, the world's health organization is calling on japan to ban food sales from areas near the plant after radiation was detected in milk and spinach. and while the radiation levels in the produce was higher than normal, they say it isn't enough to cause all import -- food from japan to be banned. >> there's no evidence that that food is connected to daiichi, simply because there is radiation all around us, in this room and in food. and if you're a country importing food from japan and if you're looking for radiation, you'll find it. >> now, the world bank says japan may need as much as five years to rebuild from the earthquake and tsunami that caused some $235
coverage on the ongoing disaster in japan. the official death toll has now passed 9,000 people, with at least 13,000 more missing. in a scene eerily reminiscent of a scene after katrina, a sports arena near tokyo is home to about 2300 people from the fukushima prefecture. meanwhile, concern continues over the quake-rattled nuclear plant, with smoke, steam, and radiation still escaping from the reactors. all workers were back on the job today at that crippled reactor site. milk from fukushima and leafy vegetables from a large area of northern japan are now banned for distribution. and radiation has now been detected in seawater near the plant. however, officials say these radiation levels pose no risk to humans. >>> well, wake-up call. millions of us carry our families over bridges now being labeleded structurally deficient. we're going to show you where they are, and what if anything is being done about it. >>> also, royal wedding wheels. get your first look at how kate and william will get to the church for their big day. kate's car, though, comes with some controversy. we'll
taylor. howpaying her tribute. >>> concerns in japanned three a rush at grocery store there is, while a search continues for americans still missing in japan. >>> good afternoon. i'm chief meteorologist jeff ranieri. windy this morning about the weaker winds that moved through. winds moved through at 50 miles an hour in los gatos and 30-mile-an-hour wind gusts in san jose. we are looking ahead toward our next storm and the flood advisory already out for the ttire bay area mo moroing.rn we will have details on this stronger storm for your commute, coming up. >>> our international headlines now. we are a week into the u.s.-led military intervention in libya and there are concern that is fight is dissolving into a stalemate. u.s. pilots are flying 45% of the missions, almost half of what it was a few days ago. libyan leader moammar gadhafi's forces are taking heavy hits from the air but on the ground, rebel forces are losing territory. president barack obama pulled out a land invasion to -- has ruled to out a land invasion to oust gadhafi, but house speaker john boehner sent a letter to
to japan and beyond. low levels of radiation from japan's nuclear crisis are showing up in milk samples in washington state. the epa and food and drug administration say consumers should not worry but add they should expect more of this news in the coming days. the measurements were taken on milk samples in spokane last friday and show radioactive levels 5,000 times below the fda's recommended levels for infants. >> topping our health watch, premature birth is the leading cause of newborn death in the united states. not only is it devastating for parents who are lose a child but babies that survive often face a lifetime of health problems. bay area's marianne favro is here to explain how bay area scientists might play the a critical role in helping babies reach full term. >> when a baby is born premature, in more than half the cases there is no identifiable cause. now a research center is tackling the question that baffled doctors for decades. why does it happen? in the marvel of birth, a miss have i. why are some babies born too early. kobe surprised his parents. >> he was born at 2 1/
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